CIS men’s basketball Friday roundup: No. 5 Lancer upset four-time defending CIS champ Ravens

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Jan 23, 2015

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Acadia 71 StFX 77 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Krista McKenna, StFX Manager, Varsity Athletics & Communications

Antigonish, NS – The StFX X-Men earned a 77-71 win over the Acadia Axemen in AUS basketball action Friday night at Oland Centre.

In a crucial game with playoff implications, the X-Men (4-8) joined the Axemen (4-8) in sixth place in the conference with 10 points apiece with the victory.

“We definitely needed that one,” fifth-year senior forward Shane Coupland (Brisbane, AUS) said after the game.

The Subway player of the game hooped a game-high 22 points, including six straight free throws down the stretch, to help secure the win. He added eight rebounds, two assists and five steals, including two pivotal thefts in the final two minutes.

“We really wanted to compete tonight on every possession and we were able to do that,” Coupland said.

Julius Antoine (Woodbridge, ON) and Temitayo Shittu (Burlington, ON) also hit double figures for the blue and white with 15 and 11 points, respectively.

Antoine added seven rebounds, four steals and two assists, while Shittu also corralled seven rebounds and four steals.

Davonte Provo (East Preston, NS) led the X-Men with six assists.

The X-Men jumped to a 10-0 advantage before the Axemen scored their first points with six minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

StFX, who led by as many as 19 points in the first half, were up 47-32 at halftime.

“We are a deep and talented team and when players get their chance they have to step up and we did that in the first half,” X-Men guard Jordan Tyrrell (Montreal, QC), who is out for the season with a broken foot, said at the intermission.

In the second half, the Axemen climbed back into the game by outscoring the X-Men 23 to 11 in the third quarter.

Acadia got as close as one-point in the fourth quarter (66-65), but the visitors never led in the match-up.

Sean Stoqua (Ottawa, ON) led the Axemen with 21 points, including five three-pointers, while adding six rebounds, five assists and five steals.

Shaquille Smith (North Preston, NS), with 16 points, was the only other Acadia player in double digits. He added seven rebounds and two steals in a losing cause.

Ben Miller (Winnipeg, MB), who led Acadia with six assists, also chipped in eight points, five rebounds and three steals.

Both teams collected 36 rebounds, while Acadia committed 27 turnovers compared to 17 for StFX.

The Axemen will return to action Tuesday, Jan. 27, when they travel to Halifax to face the Dalhousie Tigers.

The X-Men will tip-off against the rival Saint Mary’s Huskies Wednesday, Jan 28. Game time is 8 p.m. at Oland Centre.

Bishop’s 72 Laval 57 Final Box Score
Carleton 71 Windsor 74 Final Box Score | Recap

Source: Elisa Mitton, Windsor Sports Information Coordinator

Windsor, ON – The No. 5 Winsor Lancer men’s basketball team shocked the four-time CIS defending champion and No. 2 Carleton Ravens on Friday night. The Lancers defeated the visitors 74-71 in front of a boisterous crowd at the St. Denis Centre.

With standout performances from Rotimi Osuntola Jr, who tallied his third straight double-double with a game high 22 points and 16 rebounds, as well as Khalid Abdel-Gabar and Mitch Farrell, the Lancers handed the Ravens their second loss of the season.

Carleton has only lost three games since the 2012-13 season, two of which were at the hands of the Lancers at the St. Denis Centre. The Blue & Gold defeated the national powerhouse 71-67 in their season opener in November 2012. The Ravens other loss was earlier this season against the No. 1 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees just a few weeks ago.

Windsor played some solid defense down the stretch holding the Ravens off the scoreboard for the final two minutes of regulation and out-rebounding the visitors 50-35 overall.

With tensions high and the score within points, an ally-oop dunk from Osuntola Jr. tied the game 47-47 with just over three minutes left in the third quarter.

Trailing 61-57 with just over five minutes remaining in the game, Mitch Farrell caught fire with a monstrous three pointer and a running one-hander to put the Lancers up 67-65 with 3:39 to go.

The Lancers continued to knock down key shots and were outrageous on the boards en route to victory.

Abdel-Gabar finished the game with 18 points and five rebounds, while Farrell had 16 points, 8 rebounds and a steal.

Windsor will face another tough challenge Saturday night when they host the No. 1 ranked Ottawa Gee-Gees. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:00pm at the St. Denis Centre.

Ryerson 99 York 74 Final Box Score
Laurentian 74 Nipissing 64 Final Box Score

Source: Robb Fenton, Nipissing Sports Information Clerk

From tip-off, it was the closest and arguably best game the Nipissing Lakers men’s basketball team has played.

They battled from start to finished, they never quit, and they fought back on more than one occasion, but in the end, came up 10 points short to their rivals, the Laurentian Voyageurs.

The Voyageurs stayed calm despite any push back from the Lakers and navigated their way to a 74-64 victory to take Round 1 of the Highway 17 battle.

Nipissing came out hot in the first few minutes, but it was Laurentian with the 21-13 lead at the end of the quarter.

In the second quarter, it was just a two point advantage for the Voyageurs, as the teams went into the half with Laurentian leading 38-28.

The third quarter was the Lakers best, as they put up 22 points and closed the gap to just seven points heading into the final frame.

Both teams tightened up defensively and in the end, the Lakers were unable to muster enough offence to complete the comeback and tie the game.

Laurentian finished off the game by outscoring Nipissing 17-14 and walked away with a 10 point victory.

Marcos Clennon was impressive with 15 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Joey Puddister had 12 and Marvin Ngonadi had 10 points to pace the Lakers offence.

The Lakers are back in action Sunday afternoon against Algoma on the road.

Ottawa 90 Western 82 Final Box Score
Toronto 74 Queen’s 82 Final Box Score

Source: Shawn MacDonald, Queen’s Sports Information Officer

KINGSTON, Ont. – The Gaels (4-7) came back from a 14 point first quarter deficit to win 82-74 against the Toronto Varsity Blues (3-8) this Friday night at the ARC.

Tanner Graham (Kingston, Ont.) had an outstanding night for the Gaels grabbing five rebounds and scoring 24 points in their win. The Gaels also saw contributions from Greg Faulkner (Kingston, Ont.) with 21 points and Sukhpreet Singh (Toronto) with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Blues were led by Devin Johnson who scored a game high 25 points as well as Manny Sahota and Julian Clarke who both added 16 points of their own.

The Blues dominated the first quarter scoring 29 points over the 15 points scored by the Gaels. Queen’s got some traction in the second quarter and closed in on the Blues, outscoring them 20-11 to shrink the lead to 40-35 for the Varsity Blues at halftime.

The Gaels continued their momentum in the second half but the Blues managed to stay ahead answering every Gael basket with one of their own. With three minutes left in the third quarter the Gaels grabbed their first lead of the game and held onto it until the end of the quarter, putting them ahead by a slim two point margin.

It was a tight final quarter with the Gaels struggling to hold onto their lead as the Blues stayed right on their heels. In the last minute of play the Gaels shot 6-8 from the charity stripe putting a win out of reach for the Blues and wrapping the game up at 82-74.

“It’s a number three team in the country tomorrow,” said Head Coach Stephan Barrie looking ahead to their upcoming game against Ryerson. “The challenge is going to be greater and the opposition is going to be really tough. The guys need to take what we did in the final three quarters and build off that. We just need to go out there, play really good basketball and the score will worry about itself.”

The Gaels will be back in action January 24 when they host the No.3 Ryerson Rams at 8:00 pm in the ARC Main Gym.

Algoma 64 Lakehead 74 Final Box Score
Alberta 74 Regina 63 Final Box Score
Saskatchewan 92 Manitoba 87 Final Box Score | Recap
Victoria 81 Calgary 63 Final Box Score
UNBC 92 Mount Royal 85 Final Box Score

Source: Mount Royal Sports Info

Calgary — In a battle holding playoff implications, the University of Northern British Columbia beat the Mount Royal University Cougars 92-85 on the strength of 12 three-pointers from their team.

An offense-filled first frame was highlighted by four three pointers from the Timberwolves. Mount Royal had answers, as James Lefebvre, coming off a career weekend, put up six points and Manok Akwl added seven. Deng Awak drained a shot from downtown just before the end of the quarter to give Mount Royal a 25-20 lead after one.

The second quarter was similar to a three-point contest, as six different players knocked down treys. Rhys Elliot went off in the second quarter, knocking down xx three pointers along with 15 points, helping push the Timberwolves ahead of the Cougars. Awak nailed another buzzer beater just before half to draw the Cougars within five as they trailed 49-44.

Franco Kouagnia, leading scorer for the Timberwolves, began to assert his physical dominance in the second half, putting up seven points. On the other side, Awak scored at a high rate, pouring in nine. The Cougars were able to trim the UNBC lead down to 66-64 heading into the final quarter.

UNBC got out to an early lead in the fourth and held on. Thanks to nine points from Nolan Hanson and Kouagnia, the Timberwolves were up 75-68 with just over five minutes left. Even nine from the Derek Wolf couldn’t pull Mount Royal much closer. Down six with just over a minute left, the Cougars had several great chances to draw closer with three-pointers, but couldn’t hit them. They were forced to intentionally foul, giving the Timberwolves chances to put the game away and win 92-85.

Kouagnia and Elliot led UNBC with 24 and 23 points, respectively, while Devin McMurtry hauled down a game-high 17 rebounds. Awak led Mount Royal with 23 points, while Akwl had 18 and Lefebvre had a double double (12 points, 11 rebounds).

The season series between the two teams will conclude tomorrow at 7:30 at Kenyon Court. With both teams now at 6-7 and a fight for the last playoff spot in the Explorer Divison, expect a heated, close battle.

UBC 107 Trinity Western 89 Final Box Score

Source: Trinity Western Sports Info

LANGLEY, British Columbia – UBC’s Tommy Nixon had a night to remember as he collected 45 points to lead the Thunderbirds to a 107-89 win over the Trinity Western men’s basketball team Friday at the Langley Events Centre.

On the strength of 14 points from Nixon and 76.5 per cent field goal shooting as a team, the T-Birds raced out to a 39-19 first quarter lead and from there held on the rest of the way.

The Spartans (1-12) pushed back midway through the third quarter to get within 10 points, but that was as close as TWU would get.

UBC (8-5) went to the free throw line 46 times and converted 36 of those attempts to pave the way for a convincing win. The T-Birds have now won seven games in a row.

The Spartans out-scored UBC 70-68 over the final three quarters, but the T-Birds lead proved insurmountable. TWU out-rebounded UBC 55-32 and 29-9 on the offensive glass.

“When you’re down by 20 points after the first quarter, it’s a pretty dubious task to be able to come back from that,” said Spartans coach Scott Allen. “We actually won the last three quarters, so we’d showed that we’re getting better but we just need to stop the runs. We need guys to bear down and we need to stop fouling. We’re just not disciplined right now and so hopefully tomorrow it’ll be different.”

Nixon was 17 for 20 from the free throw line and 12 for 17 from the field. He also added a team-high nine rebounds, five assists and five steals. Andrew McGuinness collected 17 points while Jordan Jensen-Whyte had 15 points – nine of which came from the free throw line.

Former Spartan Tonner Jackson made was back at the LEC for the first time since transferring to UBC in 2013 and he collected six points in 25 minutes.

The Spartans were led by Denny McDonald (Mississauga, Ont.), who had a double-double including 18 points and 10 rebounds. Taylor Heinrichs (Port Moody, B.C.) also had 18 points while Justin Bakuteka (Toronto) added 17 points and four steals.

The T-Birds came out flying in the first quarter, going 13 for 17 from the field, four for seven from 3-point range and nine for 12 from the free throw line to take a commanding 20-point lead.

The Spartans found their stride in the second quarter and out-scored UBC 25-24, but could only put a one-point dent in the T-Birds lead at the break.

In the third quarter, the Spartans closed the gap to 10 points, at 67-57, but UBC responded and was back up by 19 going to the final frame.

Similar to the second quarter, TWU outscored UBC by one point, 21-20, in the fourth quarter, but never threatened the T-Birds lead.

The teams will meet in the rematch Saturday at 7 p.m. at the LEC.

Game Notes: The Spartans are still in search of their first home win as they are 0-7 at the LEC…the Spartans lost to Regina on Jan. 9 by the exact same 107-89 score.

MacEwan 88 Thompson Rivers 79 Final Box Score

Source: Thompson Rivers Sports Info

The Thompson Rivers University WolfPack suffered a setback in Canada West men’s basketball play on Friday (Jan 23).

The WolfPack fell 88-79 to the visiting MacEwan Griffins of Edmonton, Alberta on the Warner Rentals Court at the Tournament Capital Centre. Thompson Rivers dips to 7-6 as they try to hold onto second spot in the Explorer Division. MacEwan moves to 5-8.

“We just didn’t play good enough to win,” said WolfPack coach Scott Clark afterwards. “They shot the ball better than we did. It was the difference.”

MacEwan outscored the WolfPack in every quarter except the fourth. In that frame, TRU bested the Alberta crew 22-20.

The Griffins were up 23-22 after the first. Led 39-34 at the half and were on top 68-57 at three quarter time.

MacEwan was led by Denzel James with 35 points. They had two other players in double figures: Keith Gerdes hit for 13 while Lee Danderfer potted 12.

The WolfPack’s top gunner was Josh Wolfram (fourth year, forward, Kamloops, BC). He had a double double: 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Reese Pribilsky (fourth year, guard, Victoria, BC) added 15 points while Brett Rouault (fifth year, guard, Vernon, BC) contributed 14 points.

The two teams will meet again Saturday night (Jan 24) at the Tournament Capital Centre. Tipoff is 8 pm.

UBC Okanagan 66 UFV 73 Final Box Score

Source: UFV Sports Info

The University of the Fraser Valley men’s basketball team unleashed one of its trademark second-half runs to put away the UBC Okanagan Heat on Friday evening.

The Cascades tore off a 22-5 run in the third quarter to turn a modest four-point lead into a comfortable 21-point cushion, and they cruised from there, winning 73-66 at the Envision Athletic Centre.

It was the 27th straight Canada West conference victory for the UFV men dating back to last season, and the Explorer Division leaders improved to 13-0 in 2014-15. The last-place Heat saw their record dip to 2-11.

The two teams clash again on Saturday in Abbotsford (7 p.m., Envision Athletic Centre).

“We have the ability to go on spurts and it just so happens that often, it’s in the second half,” noted Cascades head coach Adam Friesen, whose team is No. 7 in the CIS national rankings. “We really searched for a high-quality shot every time down and gave ourselves a chance to put together a run.”

After building a 17-14 lead in the first quarter, the Cascades stretched the margin as high as 15 points in the second, before the Heat closed to within 39-30 at halftime.

UBC Okanagan opened the third quarter by draining a pair of long jumpers – a trey from Dave Manshreck and a deep two-pointer by Mitch Goodwin – but it was all UFV for the next seven-and-a-half minutes, as they essentially put the game away.

The Cascades’ offence dried up in the fourth quarter, as they mustered just 11 points in the frame. But they had enough of a cushion that the outcome was never in doubt.

True to form, UFV’s balanced attack saw five different players score in double figures – Jasper Moedt had a huge double-double with 16 points and 17 rebounds, while Kevon Parchment (16 points), Kadeem Willis (14), Dominque Brooks (10) and Manny Dulay (10) also chipped in offensively.

Aldrich Berrios notched a game-high 17 points for UBC-O, while Manshreck scored 16.

Aside from their torrid third quarter performance, the Cascades didn’t shoot the ball terribly well – they knocked down just 30.3 per cent of their attempts from the field for the game. But they made up for that with huge volume from the free throw line, getting to the charity stripe for 35 attempts and hitting 24 of them.

“It’s a combination of just missing some open shots and making life harder on ourselves on the offensive end than it has to be,” Friesen said, analyzing his team’s struggles from the field. “We’ve got to try to put a better 40 minutes together.”

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